China may be far away but Foxconn is on our doorstep | openDemocracy
Drawing on support from permissive governments, multinational manufacturer Foxconn has set up shop in Central Europe. Yet the transitory nature of the many migrant workers employed in these factories will have serious consequences for the future of labour in Europe.
The Foxconn factory in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Wikimedia Commons/Nadkachna. Some rights reserved.The Foxconn factory in Pardubice, Czech Republic. Wikimedia Commons/Nadkachna. Some rights reserved.
The best dormitory in town bears the evocative name of Hotel Harmony and houses several hundred migrant workers recruited almost exclusively by Xawax, one of the country’s 1,300 or so recruitment agencies. The Express People agency, on the other hand, puts its workers up in a third-rate bed and breakfast, the Veselka, a stone’s throw from the railway station.